United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, accompanied by Madam Ban Soon‑taek, arrived in Riga on Thursday afternoon, having left New York on Wednesday evening and changed planes in Frankfurt. Riga was the first stop on a trip that would take him to all three Baltic States — Latvia, and then Estonia and Lithuania.
The Secretary-General first met with Latvian President Andris Bērziņš at his official residence and then spoke to reporters. He then laid a wreath at Latvia’s Freedom Monument before meeting with the Speaker of Parliament, Solvita Āboltiņa, at the Parliament building. That evening, the Secretary-General attended an official dinner at the President’s residence — Blackheads’ House.
On the morning of Friday, 15 November, the Secretary-General joined Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis at a park on the outskirts of Riga to plant an apple tree. They then held talks. The Secretary-General then attended the "Latvia-95" conference to mark the ninety-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Latvia. (See Press Release SG/SM/15469.)